University opens doors to locals for first-ever community festival
Residents across Brighton & Hove and Sussex are invited to a day of free fun and discovery at the end of June as the University of Sussex throws open its doors for its first-ever Sussex Community Festival.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy a packed programme of events and activities for all ages, from 11am-4pm on Sunday 25 June.
The festival will offer sports, crafts and interactive workshops as well as live music, debates and guided tours.
On the day, visitors will get to:
- see how scientific discoveries are made with a guided lab tour
- learn about law courts by engaging in a mock trial
- explore a ‘bee’s eye view’ of the world using virtual reality
- meet the Sussex researchers who are designing the medicines of the future
- make mathematical connections between a zombie apocalypse, long queues and traffic
- try out a range of exciting sports, including handball and extreme Frisbee
- enjoy live music at our Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
- discover the beautiful South Downs on a campus boundary walk.
They will also have another chance to watch Brighton: Symphony of a City, the acclaimed film about Brighton in all its festive, bohemian, campaigning glory. The piece – fusing silent film and an original musical score - debuted at last year’s Brighton Festival and is the work of filmmaker Lizzie Thynne and composer Ed Hughes from the University of Sussex.
There will be a number of stalls selling delicious food and drink, or festival-goers are welcome to bring a picnic.
Free car and bicycle parking is available on site and the campus is easily accessible by public transport.
Keep an eye on the festival web pages, as a full programme of activities will be coming soon.
Vice-Chancellor Adam Tickell says: “At Sussex we are lucky to be part of a vibrant mix of communities and cultures, and we care about the role we play.
“This is hopefully the first of many such festivals and I hope it will be an enjoyable celebration of the talent and community spirit we have here at the University and across the county.
“Whether you are a close friend of the University or have never set foot on our campus, I hope to see you there on the 25th for what I’m sure will be a fantastic afternoon.”
You can go online to find out more about the activities of Sussex in the community.
The University is encouraging members of the local community to email firstname.lastname@example.org if they have an idea for a project that they feel the University should be supporting.